Thursday, April 13, 2006

Peachy Keen Jelly Bean...

This is the start of a pair of socks for a friend at work. I have never knit with Sockotta before as I am fairly new to the love of sock knitting, but I am gaining ground every day. This yarn is part cotton, part wool, and just a teeny bit nylon - my guess is for durability and bounce.



When I look at this self-patterning yarn, it looks just like jelly beans to me, and it almost has kind of a happy look because the colors are really bright and fun. This is going to be a pair of cuffed anklets. The ribbing looks great, and I have Debi at FKD to thank for that. She suggested a 2x2 rib as opposed to the 1x1 rib that I used on the Cherry Tree Hill socks. The 2x2 really lends itself to the look of a folded cuff .


Supervisor Natty has just made an appearance in the room, and has reminded me in her unmistakable Siamese voice that she was promised credit for her work, and she intends to have it! Natty is my constant buddy. I work at home 3/5 days a week, and she is also a seasoned expert in medical transcription. Natty turned ten this winter, and she is still as frisky as when she was a kitten. I am undoubtedly a good playmate, but playmate is all - her heart belongs to another. She really likes me, does all the knitting, transcribing, and housework stuff with me, but she lives for my husband. I am not really jealous (not much anyway), just amazed. Hubby doesn't even have anything good for Natty to knit or play with, he isn't home with her all day, and I do most of the caretaking of her - and yet she loves only Mike. Okay, I admit it. This is an affront to my very being, petty as it is...



As you can see, Miss Natty takes her supervisory duties very seriously. I turned around for just a second and found her inspecting the progress of the new sock. Natty LOVES all bamboo needles, especially the double points. Given a chance, she would snatch those needles and give them a good chewing. In fact, she has destroyed more than one set of bamboo needles. Of course you say, "Why would you leave them out for her to find?"

The answer to that is simple. I never leave the knitting just lying around, she is a VERY determined little gal, and if there is something she truly wants, she can open sliding closet doors, undo snaps on knitting bags, and jump to the highest shelf in a closet to find what she is looking for - whatever it takes! She has been known to conduct many a black ops mission to get into something - usually my stuff, knitting in specific. Now that she is older, she doesn't do that quite so much, but I have awakened MANY times to balls of yarn unwound into a mess on the floor and around furniture that were put in a knitting bag, in a closet the night before. She has also taken the knitting off of the needles to give it a good kick/chew Siamese style. Thank God she does not have opposable thumbs, nothing would be safe!

8 comments:

La Cabeza Grande said...

Hmm. I think Natty and Nikita have been communicating with each other. He, too, is the master of my knitting bag as well as closet and cabinet doors!

BTW, the socks look so festive. Keep up the good work!

Debi said...

That sockotta's very very pretty! I'm knitting with sockotta npw too only black/brown/gray manly colors! I wish I had a skein like yours! :)

Natty's a cutie!

I'm so lucky, Pumpkin doen't bother my knitting at all!

KnitNana said...

Natty is a true Siameezer that's certain! What a beauty...and they really do develop a preference for ONE person. If that person goes away (for any permanent reason) they pine and become very depressed. Siamese are not like ANY other breed of cat.
Thank you for visiting my blog the other day - love love the colors in your sock!
(((hugs)))

Pam! said...

I LOVE those colors! And the pattern is quite pretty. I'm also working with some Sockotta but it's in browns & beiges...blah, but useful.

Birdsong said...

Thanks for the visit Terri! Love the supervisory kitty - she makes me want a siamese in my life :)

candsmom said...

Your Sockotta is so pretty! You're right- it really reminds me of jelly beans, too. So fitting for the holiday! And Natty is such a beauty. I adore Siamese cats! They're so intelligent and that insistent and strong voice of theirs is so unmistakable. Take care and have a wonderful Easter, Terri! :-)

lllinda said...

So you believed the 2x2 ribbing when FKD told you but not when I told you? Thats probably typical. Poor me-I'm just the Mom. Good ol Natty cat takes a lovely picture and so do your socks.

Gill said...

Love the socks you're working on now! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll be stopping by here regularly now. Natty is gorgeous - reminds me of my feline nephews Stan and Ollie, who are both chocolate points.